“Dan provided outstanding legal advice – technically excellent and commercially astute. I would not hesitate to recommend Dan to other organisations.”

Lily HepworthGeneral Counsel

About Dan

Dan is a specialist FinTech lawyer representing financial technology companies in the supply of their technologies to large financial institutions and advising organisations of all sizes on their technology-related regulatory obligations in relation to personal data, financial services, artificial intelligence and distributed ledger technology. Dan also oversees and delivers our fully outsourced contract technology solutions.

Dan’s Expertise

In his traditional legal work, Dan has significant experience representing software developers and financial technology platforms in the UK and internationally.

He drafts and negotiates SaaS, PaaS, EULA and clickwrap terms under English law. Dan also represents suppliers and customers in the technology space negotiating complex business process outsourcing agreements, intellectual property licensing arrangements and advises on related obligations under UK financial services regulations, data protection regulations and emerging artificial intelligence regulation.

Dan spent the first decade of his career in one of the world’s leading corporate law firms advising on large M&A and private equity transactions, which positions him particularly well to coordinate mixed corporate and commercial arrangements, for example commercial deals that have a related investment element or joint ventures between strategic partners.

Dan’s Career

From 2006 to 2014, Dan trained and practised as a corporate lawyer specialising in M&A, private equity transactions and general corporate advisory work in a leading international firm, based in the City of London and New York.

In 2014, he left the firm where he trained to develop his own independent practice developing a commercial legal practice focussed on the burgeoning financial technology sector.

In 2021, Dan founded Clearlake to build a new generation of law firm focussed on providing outstanding service and value to clients and an entirely new and unique working environment for lawyers.

Dan’s Experience

Dan’s most recent experience includes:

Platform-as-a-service – Advising a significant pensions FinTech business on a series of PaaS deals with a number of large financial institutions around the world, as well as working through the detailed intellectual property licensing arrangements with suppliers sitting behind his client’s advanced platform.

Corporate & commercial – Negotiating a complex series of related commercial and corporate investment agreements on behalf of a financial technology company with a major international financial institution to develop a global technology and financial services partnership.

Joint ventures – Advising a fast-growing FinTech business on a unique commercial and technology partnership with a large British bank.

Supply chain relations – Reviewing a financial platform’s various third party licensing arrangements and onward IP commitments to its customers, ensuring licensing compliance throughout the chain and renegotiating terms with suppliers accordingly alongside the client’s internal procurement team.

Business process outsourcing – Advising a software development company on a complex administration services outsourcing agreement with a large international outsourcing specialist.

Dan’s Qualifications

The London School of Economics, London, BSc Government, 2003

City University School of Law, London, Graduate Diploma in Law, 2005

BPP Law School, London, Legal Practice Course, 2006

Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England & Wales, admitted October 2008

Dan is a practising solicitor, authorised and regulated by the Solicitors’ Regulation Authority in England and Wales, with authorisation number 413202.

“Representing our scale-up fintech business, Dan helped us to lead critical negotiations with multiple blue-chip customers. He was a constructive, commercial negotiator and always gave excellent advice on technical legal points. I would thoroughly recommend Dan to other businesses operating in the fintech space.”

Kirsty WorganGlobal Chief Commercial Officer


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